You may have heard that acupuncture helps with pain, but did you know if actually helps resolve inflammation? Many people either take over the counter pain medication (including aspirin and ibuprofen) or prescription medication (such as Voltaren or Celebrex) for pain. The common connection with these medications is they work by reducing inflammation.
Unfortunately, they also come with potentially significant side effects. These include:
- stomach pain
Inflammation is not a bad thing. It has been demonized as the big bad wolf. Here is the key, inflammation is not bad, excess or chronic inflammation is bad. The inflammatory process is essential for health and healing. It helps clear out debris while drawing in vital nutrients necessary for repair.
Excessive inflammation leads to pain and dysfunction. So the key is to turn down the inflammation while allowing the body to heal. How can this be done with medication? It’s virtually impossible because every injury is unique. However, acupuncture simply dials in the optimal levels to stimulate healing and reduce pain. According to researchers:
Acupuncture literally flips a switch wherein initial inflammatory responses are reduced and the secondary healing responses are promoted.
M1 macrophage downregulation and M2 macrophage upregulation triggered by acupuncture was positively associated with reductions in muscle pain and inflammation.
Next time you injure yourself, instead of reaching for the Ibuprofen, find natural relief with acupuncture.